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Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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Credited cast:
Megan Ambuhl Graner ...
Herself
Javal Davis ...
Himself
Ken Davis ...
Himself
Anthony Diaz ...
Himself - Former MP
Tim Dugan ...
Himself
Lynndie England ...
Herself
...
Himself - Former MP
Sabrina Harman ...
Herself
Janis Karpinski ...
Herself
Roman Krol ...
Himself
Brent Pack ...
Himself
Jeremy Sivits ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Bradley ...
Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
Sarah Denning ...
Military Police
Robin Dill ...
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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon See more »

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Rated R for disturbing images and content involving torture and graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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29 May 2008 (Germany)  »

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S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure  »

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$14,108 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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$228,830 (USA) (25 July 2008)
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First documentary ever to be nominated for the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2008). See more »

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Tim Dugan, civilian interrogator (as himself): You gotta consider yourself dead, and if you come back, you're just a lucky bastard, you know. But if you're there, and you consider yourself already dead, you can do all the shit you have to do. I wouldn't recommend a vacation to Iraq anytime soon.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 3 May 2008 (2008) See more »

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Important expose on the total breakdown of disciple and abuse of authority.
11 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This disturbing documentary causes one to ask: is the U. S. military populated by a bunch of degenerates masquerading as soldiers? Is the U. S. military depicted in this movie the same U. S. military that was welcomed as liberators during World War Two or has the U. S. military iterated to the point that it is now completely unrecognizable from its past? Abuse of authority is an old story but when it is officially sanctioned and then covered up, then that is altogether another story. Hasn't the U. S. military ever heard of the Nuremberg War Crime trial? Yet this same military directed its lowest ranking personnel to commit the grossest criminal acts and when the whole thing was uncovered refused to take responsibility, instead opting to scapegoat those who were stuck with having to carry out the orders. What kind of leadership is that? There's a saying: S%$# flows downhill and what happened at Abu Graib prison is proof of that. Where did the soldiers get the idea that you could torture prisoners? Where did that come from? What kind of culture would produce people who think that making people sexually abuse themselves is acceptable ... and then gloat about it? The photos shown in this movie speak for themselves. The United States did not fight Nazi Germany just to adopt the procedures associated with the SS, but at Abu Graib that is exactly what happened.

One other thing. What this documentary reports is another example of what happens when amateurs, in this case reservists, are asked to perform military duties for this they have no training or professional experience. But even that does not explain the total breakdown in discipline and the willingness to engage in repugnant behavior that they knew was illegal and improper.


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